City Hall acts on KCC traffic woes PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 December 2015 13:51

by Vic Larato

 

Acting on mounting complaints due to traffic gridlocks on roads leading to and from the newly opened KCC Mall de Zamboanga, Mayor Beng Climaco convened Friday the city traffic operations committee members and concerned stakeholders.

In the meeting, the Zamboanga City Traffic Operations Committee proposed to address the traffic jam at KCC by widening Gov. Camins Ave, construction of underpass, dismantle illegal tricycle terminals, and strictly implement traffic rules and regulations.

OIC City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario said the city government will again negotiate with the Archdiocese of Zamboanga to donate or sell to the city a portion of its property along Gov. Camins Ave for widening of same road.

This, as the road opening of Gov. Camins to Gov. Ramos in Sta. Maria, cutting through Centro Pastoral complex, a property of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, is ongoing.

Apolinario also said an underpass may be constructed for pedestrians going to KCC Mall through its parking basement, similar to the underpasses in Manila.

In the meantime, he said, the city government through the police and other traffic law enforcers will crack down on illegal terminals of tricycles.

He noted that tricycle drivers have illegally established their own terminals at the different malls in the city, notably at Yubenco Malls in Putik and Tetuan, City Mall, also in Tetuan, and now at KCC Mall along Gov. Camins Ave.

Apolinario said the traffic ordinance does not provide for tricycle terminals in any part of the city. “So, we will crack down on these illegal terminals as they contribute to the traffic problem.”

Another problem with tricycles is overcharging as drivers take advantage of the traffic snarls by overcharging their passengers to and from the malls.

“We will also crack down on overcharging tricycle drivers,” Apolinario said.— Vic Larato